Free Cell Phones in Louisiana

Two words explain why so many citizens of the Bayou State qualify for a Lifeline phone, the government’s free cell phone program –- Hurricane Katrina.

The worst natural disaster in the history of the United States destroyed thousands of businesses and three tens of thousands out of work permanently. It’s been five years and the state and its people still haven’t recovered. Some experts say it never will recover despite the best efforts of the state’s good, hard working people.

It’s a situation like this that cries out for a program like Lifeline and we welcome our Louisiana friends to and encourage them to take advantage of the popular, free government cell phones program.

Louisiana residents are in luck: All three of the major Lifeline free cell phone providers do business in Louisiana. Contact any of them to apply for Lifeline phone service, thanks to the government’s Lifeline program (Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund).

Free Cell Phone Providers in Louisiana:

Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Louisiana. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.

Lifeline Discount Companies in Louisiana

If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in Louisiana:

How to Qualify in Louisiana for a Free or Discounted Government Cell Phone

You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Louisiana:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid (not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
  • Tribally Administered TANF (TTANF)
  • Head Start (meeting income qualifying standards)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, which you can see calculated in the table below:

Income Based Eligibility for Louisiana
Members in Household Annual income Monthly Income
1 member $15,890 $1,324
2 members $21,506 $1,792
3 members $27,122 $2,260
4 members $32,738 $2,728
5 members $38,354 $3,196
6 members $43,970 $3,664
7 members $48,586 $4,049
8 members $55,202 $4,600
For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $460 monthly

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  1. Steven Holland says

    I’ve fallen on hard times and a phone would greatly help in finding a job.

    Thanks for your consideration
    Steven Holland

  2. Shirley Jenkins says

    I am on disability/SS and take care of my mom, who is also on SS and has to use oxygen 24/7. She has spells and falls and I am afraid to leave even to run errands, and if we both had a cell phone we could contact each other or she could get help in case she falls inside or outside. We can’t afford a plan. Thank you for your consideration.

  3. Christian simpson says

    I am a mother of 2 kids I need a phone to call around a look for jobs right now I am on my dad’s phone we are barley making it please if you can help out located in pounchatoula L.A. need to know asap thanks and God bless

  4. martha says

    I am a single. mom. needing a phone. to fine work. to support. my family.I have 3 kids and barely. makeing it.

  5. kathleen vance says

    i have a goverment cell phone. i don’t remember what company i got it from. its a sanyo, sprint. i have had it for several years no and it has stoped working. how do i get another phone?

    • says

      If you don’t know who you got the phone from, you are out of luck getting a replacement. But if you contact another company in your state to get a new phone and request for them to cancel your previous service it might work.

  6. lisa guess says

    my question is if I have a phone through another company which I use on a daily bases and I am on food stamps, my daughter is on Medicaid, and I get child care assistance. would I be eligible to get a government phone and still keep the phone I have with the company I am currently using the phone through.

    • says

      Yes, as long as the current phone you have is not a free or discounted Lifeline cell phone.

  7. Deborah Taylor says

    I would appreciate a free cell phone. I am on SNAP and I am on Social Security Disability. Thank you very much. I live in Louisiana.

  8. lori says

    My father has a government phone already. However it is bromen. He can make calls but can’t receive them. How can we get a replacement phone in monroe Louisiana

  9. sherile says

    question? I have a tracfone cell phone and I’d like to know do the phone qualify for lifeline at this present time I’m buying minutes.

  10. ty says

    i already have a phone it got dropped in water and wont come on how do i Get anothrr phne bt use the Same sim

  11. Natasha Price says

    Hi I’m trying to find out who is the phone provider for this number, my phone is broken I don’t remember the provider, PLEASE HELP ME ,,,,,, MAY GOD BLESS THIS READER! Louisiana phone 504-657-****

  12. 531 9350 says

    My mother is in need of assistance or a free phone.I am trying to get the steps it takes or who to call and what she needs to have in order for her to get the assistance she needs. Thanx.

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      You would have to check with each vendor in the list in the article above. It depends upon both their policy and the type (CDMA, GSM, etc) of phone you have and they support.